Manhunt leads to arrest
Suicidal man wanted in stabbing
By Patrick Yost
A frantic phone call from a Newborn Road resident led Morgan County and state authorities on a brief manhunt for a man who said he had stabbed a man in Atlanta and was now going to kill himself.
On Tuesday, January 6, Morgan Count Dispatch received a cell phone call from a man near the 2000 block of Newborn Road. The caller said he was with a man who had run out of gas. The caller said he was trying to help the man but the man insisted that he contact police. “He said he was suicidal and he had stabbed someone,” the caller told dispatch.
When the caller gave the man the cell phone, the man, later identified as Myer Nyanwleh, 26, Conley, Ga., Nyanwleh told the dispatcher he “just want to let the police know what’s going on.”
Nyanwleh alleged that two men had attacked him in a DeKalb County motel room and that he had “juked” one of the men “with a knife.”
“Everytime I get depressed do crazy things,” Nyanwleh told dispatchers. According to Robert NeSmith, investigator, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, DeKalb County authorities confirmed that a man had been stabbed in an Atlanta area motel room earlier that day and that the suspect matched Nyanwleh’s description.
“I was trying to defend myself,” Nyanwleh told dispatch.
Nyanwleh then told dispatch that “Nobody’s gonna find me when I leave here…I know it’s over for me.”
He then fled the area walking into the woods near the 2000 block. “He’s going into one of his depressed states,” the caller relayed to dispatch.
The caller then identified his vehicle and told dispatch that he was going into the woods after Nyanwleh.
NeSmith said during the call dispatch had already sent two marked patrol vehicles to the area.
Also, a Georgia State Patrol helicopter was called in to search, officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation also reported to the scene to search.
“We did know what we had,” NeSmith said. After a perimeter was established around the area, Nyanwleh was observed by officers in the GSP helicopter attempting to conceal himself by covering his body with leaves. Nyanwleh was extracted by Morgan County deputies and transported to the Morgan County Detention Center.
NeSmith said after DeKalb County authorities confirmed that Nyanwleh as a suspect in the stabbing, he was transferred to DeKalb County.
The victim in the stabbing, NeSmith said, was reportedly in critical condition last Tuesday.
PHOTO BY A. BELLEBUONO
MANHUNT Along with using bloodhounds, local law enforcement got assistance from the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia DNR and the GBI in last Tuesday’s manhunt.
Published in the January 15 edition.